Who doesn’t want a professionally manicured lawn – or, at least, one that looks like it has been manicured by a professional? A green lawn helps maintain a home’s “curb appeal”. However, even if you spend hours doing the lawn mowing or fertilizing in the spring, you may still end up with a few bare spots or brown spots in your yard. Here are a few tips and tricks to get your grass growing again.
Tip #1 – Bare spots in the yard usually have a cause.
The first step to getting rid of bare or brown spots in the yard is to figure out why the grass isn’t growing in that area. There may be a number of causes: lack of water, rocky soil, or even a large rock underneath the surface. Other causes may be: grubs, poultry scratching, disease, shade, and compaction. Figure out the cause then determine how you will proceed:
Tip #2 – Don’t plant grass seed until the problem is resolved.
There is no point in planting new lawn seed until you have determined the cause of your lawn’s bare spot. Whether the problem is rocky soil, disease, or compaction, take care of the problem before you begin to plant new grass seed or fertilize the lawn so it does not reoccur.
Tip #3 – Loosen the soil over your lawn’s bare spot.
Dig over the soil over the bare spot in your yard to loosen it up. A garden fork will work well for this task.
Tip #4 – Replant your grass seed.
Plant plenty of grass seed in the area you have loosened using the same seed as the rest of the lawn. Be sure to check for rocks and other hard items in the soil before planting your lawn seeds. Also, apply plenty of lawn fertilizer before planting the seeds.
Tip #5 – Fence off the repaired patch.
People and heavy machinery or animals need to stay of this delicate patch of repaired lawn so fence the area off.
Tip #6 – Keep the lawn moist.
Water the repaired patch of lawn by hand for the first week but do not use any more lawn fertilizer. Water the lawn up to five times a day if possible. Either way, keep it well watered.
Tip #7 – Observe the grass’s growth.
Watch the repaired patch of lawn for approximately two weeks. By then, you should have a nice patch of grass that is quickly growing. If not, you may have a different issue than you first thought.
Tip #8 – Plant grass seed in a different location.
If it still doesn’t grow then plant the grass seed in a different location. Wait a few weeks until the grass has grown and transplant it into the bare spot in your lawn, making sure to keep it well watered.
Tip #9 – Consider alternatives to planting new grass seed.
If your problem is too much traffic in that area, consider rerouting traffic or laying stepping stones to discourage stepping on the lawn. If shade is the trouble, select a shade-happy variety of lawn seed. Finally, if the dog is causing the dead grass by lying in the same spot all the time, find him a spot of his own in the yard.
Tip #10 – Enjoy your newly beautiful lawn.
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